Transsexual Women: Negotiating health care in a hetero-normative health care system

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308244
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Transsexual Women: Negotiating health care in a hetero-normative health care system
Author(s):
Newman-Valentine, Douglas D.; Duma, Sinegugu
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Douglas D. Newman-Valentine, M Cur Education, B Cur, douglas.newman-valentine@uct.ac.za; Sinegugu Duma, PhD, MCur, BCur, RN
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Monday, November 18, 2013

A transsexual woman was biologically born as a male individual yet she identifies as a female. She will explore the available treatment package of chronic hormonal and surgical sexual re-assignment to align her physical sexual characteristics with her gender identity.

The treatment package is in itself empowering, but it leaves transsexual women vulnerable to an array of side effects of treatment such as hypertension and associated cardiac conditions, diabetes, an increased risk of cancer development, vulnerability to the contraction of HIV and mental health related conditions such as depression. As a result of these side effects, transsexual women would need chronic care and they would need to negotiate a hetero-normative health care system for their care. Globally reviewed literature demonstrated that these women have poor access to health care services and that the knowledge of health care providers with regards to trans-related health care needs is limited. It is also unknown if transsexual women have adequate knowledge with regards to their unique health needs that would assist them to negotiate appropriate health care.

This study explores and describes the self-reported awareness of the adverse effects of the treatments package among transsexual women. It also explores and describes their health seeking behaviour and negotiation skills for appropriate health care.

This South African based study included 18 participants selected through purposive sampling. Individual and focus group interviews were utilised together with participant observation to gather data. Data is analysed with qualitative techniques.

The results of this study aims to inform the practice of health care providers to render appropriate care to transsexual women.

Keywords:
Appropriate health care; Transsexual
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleTranssexual Women: Negotiating health care in a hetero-normative health care systemen_GB
dc.contributor.authorNewman-Valentine, Douglas D.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorDuma, Sineguguen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen_GB
dc.author.detailsDouglas D. Newman-Valentine, M Cur Education, B Cur, douglas.newman-valentine@uct.ac.za; Sinegugu Duma, PhD, MCur, BCur, RNen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308244-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Monday, November 18, 2013</p>A transsexual woman was biologically born as a male individual yet she identifies as a female. She will explore the available treatment package of chronic hormonal and surgical sexual re-assignment to align her physical sexual characteristics with her gender identity. <p>The treatment package is in itself empowering, but it leaves transsexual women vulnerable to an array of side effects of treatment such as hypertension and associated cardiac conditions, diabetes, an increased risk of cancer development, vulnerability to the contraction of HIV and mental health related conditions such as depression. As a result of these side effects, transsexual women would need chronic care and they would need to negotiate a hetero-normative health care system for their care. Globally reviewed literature demonstrated that these women have poor access to health care services and that the knowledge of health care providers with regards to trans-related health care needs is limited. It is also unknown if transsexual women have adequate knowledge with regards to their unique health needs that would assist them to negotiate appropriate health care. <p>This study explores and describes the self-reported awareness of the adverse effects of the treatments package among transsexual women. It also explores and describes their health seeking behaviour and negotiation skills for appropriate health care. <p>This South African based study included 18 participants selected through purposive sampling. Individual and focus group interviews were utilised together with participant observation to gather data. Data is analysed with qualitative techniques. <p>The results of this study aims to inform the practice of health care providers to render appropriate care to transsexual women.en_GB
dc.subjectAppropriate health careen_GB
dc.subjectTranssexualen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:28:46Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:28:46Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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